Weird: A river disappears in Lagos

Weird: A river disappears in Lagos

Something strange happened over the weekend.

A full body of water snaking its way under the Kara bridge on the approach to Lagos from Ogun state, simply disappeared.

The river bed. All grass no water

The disappearance was so sudden it caused many motorists and commuters to park and stare then wonder.

commuters stopping to stare

“Na yesterday e happen,” an elderly man who identified himself as Monday explained to our reporter. “The water just stop to dey flow, Before, all here na water,” he said pointing to a grassy patch “But now, na only grass and under na sand.”

Two young hausa boys leaning on the bridge nodded their heads in agreement.

the dry river and the abbatoir

“Na for inside the water dem dey wash the malu wey dem kill,” Monday continued, pointing to the cow market and abbatoir. “But now, no water again.”


“Wetin be the name of the river?” our reporter asked and another man answered.

“Ogun River. Na im dey flow reach here.”

“Yes, but dem dey call am Kara river and this na carry bridge,” he explained bouncing on his toes.

For motorists driving into Lagos, the Kara bridge is the last bridge you cross  before you get to Ojodu/Berger  busince Saturday the bridge seems to have cut the river in two, leaving grass and sand on the right and a full body of water on the left as you drive into Lagos and no one seems to know why.

river cut in two



About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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